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What We're Watching: Greek border wall, China’s economic rebound, US overtures to… Syria?

Build that wall... in Greece: The Greek government has finalized plans to build a wall along part of its eastern border with Turkey to prevent migrants from staging mass crossings to reach European Union territory. The move follows a March standoff between Athens and Ankara when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan declared he was "opening" the border because Turkey could no longer cope with so many migrants fleeing Syria. Since then, migrant flows via Turkey to the EU have declined dramatically due to the coronavirus pandemic and tougher policing, but Greeks and Turks (as always) remain at odds over what to do with the migrants: Greece wants Turkey to do more to stop migrants crossing, while Turkey says Greece is sending back migrants who arrive at Greek islands in the Aegean Sea. As the two sides continue to bicker over this issue — and over energy rights in the Eastern Mediterranean — the only thing that's clear is that Greece won't demand that Turkey pay for the wall.

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PM Mitsotakis: Greece’s pandemic response improved its “brand” in the EU

Long derided as the European Union's "problem child" Greece has shown itself to be a model for pandemic response and economic recovery within theEuropean bloc. And as the EU enacts a massive economic bailout plan, one that Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis likens to the "Marshall plan" of the post WWII era, the leader of this Southern European nation thinks the future looks bright.

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Greece-Turkey Tensions Goes Back (Way Back)

To understand the latest escalation of tensions between Greece and Turkey, you have to go back in history. Way, way back. Ian Bremmer turns back the clock and then explains how things got so heated this summer that a military conflict almost broke out. A crisis was averted for now, but who knows what the next few months will bring?

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Greece's PM answers: Are refugees becoming geopolitical pawns between Greece and Turkey?

"Our number one priority is to protect human life at sea, but we also have responsibility of protecting our borders," Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis told Ian Bremmer when asked about the growing refugee crisis in his country. In an interview for GZERO World, Bremmer pressed the Prime Minister on if he's forced helpless refugees in the region play a role in a geopolitical tiff between Greece and Turkey.

Is Greece taking sides in the escalating conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan?

As war breaks out between Armenia and Azerbaijan over a contested region in the Caucuses, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis tells Ian Bremmer that the Greeks have "fully aligned ourselves with calls for an immediate cease fire." But as the conflict heats up and global powers take sides, what will be the larger geopolitical implications?

Watch the GZERO World episode: Greece's unlikely COVID success story: Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis